2009 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Syrah Stellenbosch South Africa
Fragrant, pepper, black fruit, meat. Excellent varietal definition. Combines the spice and black pepper really nicely. (RH)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red. Extravagantly scented nose offers black raspberry, cardamom, cocoa powder and black olive. Rich, spicy, dry and serious, with the dark berry and black olive notes dominating the palate. Finishes with dusty tannins and good length.
Shows a strong minty edge, with loam, cocoa powder and mulled blackberry and black currant fruit. The velvety finish shows a slightly mature feel, but this retains plenty of stuffing. (Web-2013)
This is a new Direct Import for K&L, so not only is it a fabulous wine, but it's an exceptional value, too. Our very own Ryan Woodhouse describes it like this: "A very low-yielding (1.25 tons per acre) vineyard block produces this fascinating Syrah. Made with all wild yeast and a good amount of whole cluster fermentation. The wine is fermented in open-top wooden fermenters and hand punched down two to three times daily. After a gentle basket pressing it is aged for 20 months in 600L new French oak barrels called Puncheons. This wine simply exudes the classic Syrah qualities of dark red fruits, herbs and cured meats. Some spice on the nose runs through the substantial, rich and generous palate, all carried by driving acidity." (Learn more about the Waterkloof range on K&L Uncorked at Blog.KLWines.com.)